We may be half way through 2010 already, but iSuppli has just released the rankings for memory makers for 2009. The company looks at market share and revenue to determine the leader in the global market.
One minor surprise at the Apple iPhone 4 launch earlier this month was the storage on offer from the new smartphone. The absence of a 64GB iPhone 4 raised a few eyebrows, especially given Toshiba had already revealed a 64GB NAND chip back in December 2009; now Toshiba has followed up with a 128GB NAND flash memory module, the biggest embedded chip in the industry and seemingly ideal for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
AirStash may be a reasonably stupid name, but the gadget itself is pretty clever. Ostensibly an oversized memory card reader for your SD/SDHC and microSD/SDHC media, the AirStash works just as you'd expect when plugged in via USB but, when unplugged, has a WiFi connection so that you can wireless stream content to an iPhone, iPod touch or any wireless-enabled gadget with a browser.
Video demo after the cut
Kingston has a huge range of memory for computers that will fit just about every notebook and desktop platform out there. The company also has a full line of flash drives and SSDs as well. Kingston has announced a new line of memory today claimed to be the world's fastest low-voltage, ultra-low voltage performance memory.
Computer enthusiasts know that not all RAM is created equal and many are willing to pay a premium for RAM that performs better and is more stable when overclocked. Several companies out there make enthusiast class RAM for computers including Patriot Memory. Patriot is unveiling its latest enthusiast RAM offering today.
Faster smartphones and other mobile devices are great, but if your storage can't keep up - either in speed or capacity - then you're not getting the best from your shiny new gadget. With that mindset, Samsung have just announced a couple of storage products for mobile devices that are based on their new, 30nm-class high density NAND flash: a 64GB moviNAND embedded memory module and a 32GB microSD card.
Flash memory: it's never exactly going to be interesting. But on the other hand we'll seldom turn our noses up at a large chunk of storage, and so Lexar's latest Memory Stick Micro M2 and SDHC cards will undoubtedly tickle some gamer's soft-spots. Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the cards are targeted at Nintendo Wii and DSi owners, together with Sony PSP and PS3 owners.
Two of the biggest companies in memory technology -- Kingston and Rambus -- have announced that they have teamed up to develop a new threaded module prototype using DDR3 RAM for multi-core computing. The two firms report that initial testing shows significant improvement in performance.
SanDisk have just outed a new range of Compact Flash memory cards aimed a pro-photographers, the SanDisk Extreme Pro series, promising capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB and read/write speeds of 90MB/s. SlashGear's old friend Chase Jarvis has been shooting the campaign, and you can see his preliminary rapid-fire footage after the cut.